3 healthy reasons why men’s travel plans are on the back burner

(Family Characteristics) Traveling is a pleasant pastime for many. However, if you’re making too many pit stops along the way, it might be time to talk to a doctor.

Men over the age of 45 who often experience urinary symptoms may face challenges that extend beyond the toilet.

Urinary symptoms such as frequent or urgent need to urinate may be indicators of an enlarged prostate known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).1,2 Symptoms of BPH can contribute to disrupted sleep, decreased productivity, and feelings of depression.3 BPH affects 42 million men in the United States,4 including more than 40% of men in their 50s.

Travel delays due to toilet access may be more common than you think. In fact, Teleflex, manufacturer of the UroLift™ system, conducted a study of approximately 1,000 men in the United States aged 45 and older, all of whom had at least one urinary symptom associated with BPH.5

Consider these findings:

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Men worry about stopping while traveling. Among respondents, 41% reported having to stop to urinate more than they would like while traveling, and 15% said they could only travel for an hour or less before needing to stop to urinate .

The frequent need to urinate affects the enjoyment of travel. Among men surveyed, 33% strongly agreed or agreed that they “used to enjoy traveling, but the frequent need to urinate makes it less enjoyable.”

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Some men choose routes based on public restroom availability. Nearly a quarter (23%) of men say they “usually” or “always” choose certain travel routes because of more or better sanitary facilities.

Men experiencing urinary symptoms should consider seeing a urologist. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent damage to the bladder.6 Medications for BPH are often prescribed, but they can cause unwanted side effects.7-8

Consider the UroLift™ system, a unique treatment for enlarged prostate with more than 450,000 men treated worldwide.9 The minimally invasive procedure lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue to unblock the urethra. It requires no heating, cutting or destruction of prostate tissue and provides rapid symptom relief and recovery.10-11 It has a low complication rate12 and is the only leading BPH procedure proven not to cause sexual dysfunction.13-15

To learn more about treatment options, contact your doctor and visit UroLift.com.

Indicated for the treatment of symptoms of an enlarged prostate up to 100 cubic centimeters in men 45 years of age or older. The most common side effects are temporary and may include discomfort when urinating, urgency, inability to control the urge, pelvic pain, and some blood in the urine.1 Rare side effects, including bleeding and infection, can lead to a serious outcome and may require intervention. Talk to your doctor to determine if you may be a candidate.

1 Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
2 Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
3 Speakman, BJUI 2014
4 US Forecasts to 2022 based on US Market Model 2022-24 (5-17-22 FINAL), data on file.
5 Survey conducted by Teleflex in 2023. Data on file, n=1015.
6 Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
7 Lusty, J Urol 2021
8 Bortnick, Rev Urol 2019
9 Management estimate based on product sales as of September 2023. Data on file Teleflex Interventional Urology.
10 Roehrborn, J Urology 2013
11 Shore, Can J Urol 2014
12 Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2017
13 AUA BPH Guidelines 2003, 2020
14 McVary, Urology 2019
15 There were no cases of new, persistent erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction in the pivotal LIFT study

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